That said, as you mention elsewhere with one man's candy is another's onion, it is ironic that we do both share a mutual admiration of this composer's Fourth Symphony. Indeed, I would go as far to say it is the one I revere the most. After the Eighth - of course !
As for blind spots, we all have them - and sometimes they come in strange guises. For example, I adore Mozart - but can I make head of tale of his 40th Symphony ? And since you mention Gerontius - pages of some of the most sublime music penned by man ("Go forth upon they journey, Christian Soul"/"Softly and gently, dearly-ransomed soul") all joined together by some of the most tedious (IMO, of course !). Perhaps the penny(s) will drop for me one day ....
And this is what makes our passion (if I may be so bold to call it that on our behalf) so wonderful - how some of us venerate music which sounds utterly banal to others, with others revering certain recordings of works whilst simultaneously doubting the sanity of others who disagree ! I'm sure DSCH must be chortling away up in the clouds at us all trying to decipher any possible hidden meanings in his music - if there are, indeed, any at all!
Agreed, great dialogue.
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